Since 2000, we have been fighting against the death penalty worldwide by uniting and rallying abolitionist forces across the world. We advocate with international bodies and encourage universal abolition through education, information, and public awareness campaigns. We strengthen the capacities of abolitionist actors and act alongside them on a local scale.


Download : ECPM – Our history

  • 2016
    6e Congrès mondial contre la peine de mort à Oslo
    ECPM organise le 6e Congrès mondial contre la peine de mort à Oslo. L’événement rassemble plus de 1 300 acteurs abolitionnistes du monde entier, ainsi que des représentants politiques de haut niveau. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Haut-Commissaire des Nations unies aux droits de l’homme a participé à l’événement et le pape François a tenu à envoyer un message de soutien en vidéo.
  • 2016
    ECPM is granted consultative status with ECOSOC
    ECPM reaches a major milestone by obtaining consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), granting it access to UN institutions in Geneva (Human Rights Council), New York (United Nations Headquarters and Security Council), and Vienna (UNODC-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
  • 2015
    Campaign for Serge Atlaoui and all death row prisoners in Indonesia
    When Indonesia resumes executions, ECPM carries out lobbying actions to prevent the execution of Serge Atlaoui, a French citizen sentenced to death in Indonesia. Following weeks of campaigning and the execution of 8 more people, Serge Atlaoui narrowly avoids death.
  • 2013
    1st National Network of Parliamentarians Against the Death Penalty, Morocco
    Following the Regional Congress, Moroccan parliamentarians create the 1st National Network of Parliamentarians Against the Death Penalty, bringing together 250 MPs from both chambers of Parliament. In the wake of this unique initiative, ECPM backs the creation of more networks in Tunisia, Lebanon, and DRC.
  • 2012
    1st Regional Congress in Rabat
    ECPM organises the 1st Regional Congress in Rabat in order to lobby the highest echelons of power in a region of the world where the death penalty remains a major issue in society. As the largest anti-death penalty event to ever be held in the Arab world, the Congress brought together over 500 people and was attended by a number of high-ranking political personalities.
  • 2010
    Campaign for Hank Skinner
    ECPM carries out lobbying actions to prevent the execution of Hank Skinner. After a 15-year-long legal battle, the judge orders DNA analysis of crime scene evidence, 19 years after the facts occurred.
  • 2010
    Launch of an educational project teaching about abolition to French secondary school and sixth form pupils
    ECPM organises awareness-raising interventions in French schools alongside former death row prisoners (pardoned or declared innocent) or family members of death row prisoners. Since 2010, 10,000 pupils have taken part in this programme, pledging to join ECPM in the fight for the universal abolition of the death penalty.
  • 2009
    The Our Body  exhibition is banned
    After ECPM's motion for summary judgement is granted, a banning order is imposed on the Our Body exhibition,in which bodies of Chinese death row prisoners are exhibited. The Court of Appeal goes on to confirm the relevance of this ban in a decree which sets legal precedence, founded on the respect and dignity owed to the human body, including following a person's death.
  • 2008
    Campaign Against the death penalty in China: Beijing Olympics
    As the Olympics are being held in Beijing, ECPM organises its "Certain Records are not Meant to be Broken" campaign to remind the world that China is still the world leader for executions.
  • 2007
    The case of the Bulgarian nurses
    ECPM lobbies presidential candidates to save 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya for allegedly inoculating children with the AIDS virus.
  • 2005
    Human Rights Prize for the fact-finding mission in DRC
    For its first legal fact-finding mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the organisation is awarded the Human Rights Prize from French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. Further missions will then be carried out in Burundi and in Rwanda; these countries went on to abolish the death penalty.
  • 2002
    Formation of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty
    On the initiative of ECPM, the 1st World Congress leads to the formation of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty in Rome on 13 May 2002. An 11-member Steering Committee is elected and ECPM serves as Executive Secretary. This international group of NGOs, Bar associations, local authorities, and unions gives an international scope to the fight against the death penalty and organises the yearly World Day Against the Death Penalty.
  • 2001
    1st World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Strasbourg
    ECPM positions itself as the uniting organisation for all abolitionist forces from across the world and organises the 1st World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Strasbourg, with the attendance of Robert Badinter and Jacques Derrida.
  • 2000
    Creation of ECPM
    Michel Taube and Benjamin Menasce write a book, "An Open Letter to Americans for the Abolition of the Death Penalty" published by L'écart. This is followed by a campaign, "Together Against the Death Penalty in the USA" which gathers 500,000 signatures in France. This show of strength leads to the creation of the ECPM organisation.